I’m Michael “Mr. Hemp” Bowman, a hemp expert. I’m the founding chair of the Natural Hemp Association and author of the 2014 Farm Bill amendment that legalized hemp in the US for the first time in over 70 years. AMA!
What was once a misunderstood plant is now a catalyst for climate change, economic change and much more. In addition to being a hemp expert, I’m also the co-founder of First Crop, a public benefit company that aids farmers in planting their first legal hemp crop in 80 years.
Six years ago, hemp having the chance to be legal was literally just a few words on a piece of paper in front of a Rules Committee in the United States Congress, and since then, the U.S. has gone from zero to being the third largest hemp producer in the world under our research pilot program. It just shows the ability of Americans and entrepreneurs to understand and grasp new big ideas.
Industrial hemp is the next new, big idea. Whether it’s just for CBD oil—which will be a large part of our product offerings—or all of the other things that it’s going to offer. This will include fiber, food, hemp proteins, animal feed, animal bedding, bioplastics and the ability to regenerate soil and the ability to draw carbon out of the atmosphere at rates that can exceed general mature forests. This plant has a little bit of something for everybody, and its return couldn’t be more timely, given the challenges we have from the climate perspective, the rule development perspective and the supply chain perspective for better products.
Hemp is going to give these traditional farmers an opportunity to look at hemp as a legitimate third crop. It’s a crop that can be used in their rotations and may well displace soybean acres. If you think of the hemp crop as a protein and oil crop, then it basically is the same thing as the soybean, with the added bonus of the absorption of CO2 during its growing cycle. Additionally, the hemp crop is the value of high-production CBD oil, which can be grown on smaller acreage.
AMA about hemp, CBD, farming with hemp, hemp policy, etc.
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